Toni Iwobi

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Toni Iwobi
Tony Chike Iwobi datisenato 2018.jpg
Senate of the Republic
In office
2018 – in charge
Personal details
Born (1955-04-26) April 26, 1955 (age 64)
Gusau, Nigeria
Political partyLega Nord

Toni Chike Iwobi (born 26 April 1955)[1][2], better known as Tony Iwobi, is an Italian politician for Lega Nord who was elected to the Italian Senate in the 2018 general election.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in the city of Gusau in northern Nigeria, he is of Igbo descent. He is one of 11 siblings in a Roman Catholic family.[4] He attended Catholic schools. His mother tongue is Igbo and English.[2]

He completed a degree in economics with specialization in marketing and business management in Manchester, England. He came to Italy on a student visa in 1976, and obtained a degree in accounting in Treviglio. He also has higher degrees (laurea) in computer science from USA and Italy.[2]


Iwobi is the founder and since 2001 managing director of Data Communication Labs Ltd.[3][5] Previously he worked for AMSA (Azienda Milanese Servizi Ambientali) and has worked for a company in Roveredo, Switzerland.[2]

A supporter of federalism, which he knew from Nigeria, he became a member of Lega Nord, where he was particularly inspired by Gianfranco Miglio.[6] In 1993, he was elected municipal councillor for the party in Spirano, a position he held until 2014. From 2010 to 2014 he also served as assessor with responsibility for social services.[1][4]

Iwobi was in 2014 selected by party leader Matteo Salvini to draft Lega Nord's new immigration policy which had a hard stance against illegal immigration and played a big role in the party's campaign in the Italian general election, 2018.[7]

In the 2018 general election he was elected to the Italian Senate, becoming the first black person to take a seat in the Senate.[3][4][7]

He is general counsel of the Italy-USA Foundation.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to an Italian woman and has two children.[3]


  1. ^ a b CV Commune.spirano. Retrieved 6 March 2018
  2. ^ a b c d Chi è Toni Iwobi, il primo senatore di colore in Italia Lettera 43. Retrieved 6 March 2018
  3. ^ a b c d Jessica Phelan (6 March 2018) Italy elects its first black senator: Toni Iwobi of the League TheLocal.It. Retrieved 6 March 2018
  4. ^ a b c Nigeriano, immigrato, titolare d'azienda: eletto dalla Lega il primo senatore di colore Retrieved 6 March 2018
  5. ^ History Retrieved 6 March 2018
  6. ^ Matteo Borghi La strana storia del nero leghista che stravede per Miglio L'intraprendente. Retrieved 7 March 2018
  7. ^ a b Terry Daley (9 March 2018) Toni Iwobi, the black face of Italy's far-right AFP/ Retrieved 11 March 2018